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Jaycee's Senior Session

Self-care is a bit of a buzzword these days. It seems everywhere we turn, we hear about how we need to put ourselves first, and to preserve our feelings and hearts. This is one lesson that Jaycee, this beautiful senior, has learned in the last few years: the put herself first. “I have really learned that I cannot hold on to the things that have hurt me in the past. It is something to live by; to move on and find something better. ‘Forget what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you’ is my favorite quote”. I love her strength and kindness, and really enjoyed getting together to capture her senior year. Jaycee will graduate from Lake Travis High School in 2019, and she also enjoys her part-time job at Hill Country Indoor. She enjoys working with children, and also has run track in the past. When it comes to people who are influential in her life, Jaycee cites her aunt and her mom, who are both strong women who have fought for what they want in life! 

When I planned out her session, I chose the Spicewood area near Austin, and a local vineyard, Stone House Vineyard. The vineyard is seriously so elegant and stunning, and pairs the best architecture with beautiful landscaping; it is the perfect spot for an unique senior shoot. Jaycee says her personal style would best be described as “casual, cute and fun”, and that her everyday style usually includes sneakers, t-shirt, and shorts. She looks up to celebrities with a cool-casual style like Selena Gomez, and really loves shopping at Buckle. As far as her future, college is definitely in her sights, and she plans to pursue nursing, with minors in sociology and psychology. Jaycee is passionate about finding justice for rape and assault victims, and helping end human trafficking in the United States. Eventually, she plans to become a counselor or a therapist. I know her huge heart and passion about her goals in life will take her very far! Congratulations, sweet girl!

Contact me today to schedule your senior shoot!

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Backwater Boutique

If you’re a local, you may be familiar with Backwater Boutique! It’s located in nearby Richmond, Texas, and we have recently teamed up with them to provide our senior team with some of the best fashion choices! The boutique received rave reviews online, for good reason. They have incredibly helpful customer service, and they stock only the most fashionable items for their clientele. Whether you are looking for the perfect dress, or a few staples pieces to add to your fall wardrobe, they have it. I love that they are also very inclusive, and have an amazing selection for standard and curvy sizes alike, which means every girl has access to such quality clothes. I loved their selection of dressy blouses and basics like tee shirts, and that their price points are not as expensive as some small boutiques. Most seniors and their parents are already paying for senior portraits, college expenses, grad parties and more, and cannot afford to break the bank for a photoshoot wardrobe…Backwater makes it possible to feel confident and trendy, yet stay in your own budget.

Our girls are loving this store, and it’s only created one problem: they all want to buy everything in the store! Below, you’ll find Jamie, who is part of the Class of 2019. She loved the black top she has on below (off the shoulder with embroidery) so much, that her mom went back and purchased it! The blue top below is our “team shirt”, and is not from Backwater, but the other outfits are, including the accessories. They have really great hours, and you can visit their website HERE.

Hair and makeup artist HERE.

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Choosing the Perfect Location for Your Senior Photos

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Location is everything. For your senior session, it isn’t just a colorful backdrop or a scenic view. A location done right should reflect your personality, and ultimately who you are as a person. Where you have your portraits done will say a lot about you, after all, and you want it to be authentic! Thankfully, there are many wonderful locations around the Houston, TX area, and there’s always the option for a beautiful destination session in the place you’ve always dreamed of going. Wherever it is, we’ll work together to make sure it’s the perfect fit for you. In the meantime, here are some of my tips for finding the perfect location for your senior photos!

Know who you are

This is the best place to start, even though it may take a bit of thought to narrow down just what makes you special. Would you describe yourself as a fashionista? Do you love an urban vibe, do you love the woods? Are you an artsy person, or do you like sophistication and elegance? Are you casual, or are you fast-paced? These are all questions you’ll have to ask yourself, because they directly impact where your senior photos will be. Mull over your personality traits, and make a list of all the things that you love, even writing a short description of yourself. All of this info will jumpstart the process of finding the best location for you!

Know who you’re not

If you’re having trouble describing yourself, then describing who you’re not might help you zero in on what makes you different. Maybe you’re not a fan of the beach, or you just can’t stand it out in the sun. Or maybe you don’t like anything cliché, and you want something different than what your classmates are doing. Figuring out what you don’t want your session to include is just as important as finding the best location! You can even collect a few photos of places or sessions you’re not into, and show them to your photographer so they know what to avoid, and get to know your interests better.

Choose a meaningful location

Your favorite memories have a home. Maybe it was your grandparent’s backyard out in the country, or it’s your favorite haunt downtown from when you were a just a tyke. Having your senior session where you made some of your happiest memories will make your shoot mean so much more, and reflect not only who you are, but your own unique history as well!

Think about the time

This is usually the thing that slips the mind when considering your location. The perfect time equals the perfect light, and that can make or break a session: for example, an outdoor session at noon will yield some less-than-flattering results. Sunrise and sunset sessions are gorgeous, but it takes some extra planning to make sure we get catch the sun at the best time. Thankfully, you don’t have to think too hard about what time will work best for your favorite location, because your photographer will have the inside scoop.

Get creative with it

You’ll only have a senior session once in your lifetime, so why not do something totally unique? Make time for brainstorming: get together with some friends and check out Pinterest for some fun ideas, or talk to family and friends you know that might have access to a special location or two. It could be a rooftop, a vacant loft, an event venue, or even a vintage motorbike garage or an airplane hangar. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to have your photos done in Paris, or on the hills of Scotland, or at the Tower of London. Get creative with it, and find someplace that will help you stand out and show off your unique personality!

In the end, the best place to have your senior session will be the place that you love the most. Stay true to who you are, and you’re sure to choose the perfect location for your senior session!



The 4-1-1 on Summer Jobs!

Want to earn some extra money this summer? You may be thinking of how to do just that, but aren't sure where to start. Whether you are saving up for college expenses, yearning for a new car, or just hoping to have some extra spending money for smoothies and shopping, it all takes earning a paycheck. You're in luck! We are going to show you how to land a summer job to be proud of:

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1) Spruce up your resume: You can use a free design program like Canva to create a beautiful template type resume and then fill it in with your own information and images. It is NEVER a good idea to lie on a resume. Not only is it unethical/illegal, it could cost you your job and hurt future opportunities if your boss or HR found out that you had written down experience or education that you didn't have. Instead, be sure to expand upon anything you have accomplished, such as scholarships, babysitting experience, even housesitting or volunteer work. You want to demonstrate a strong work ethic, with reliable sources. Make sure you also list out relevant skills like microsoft word, Excel, typing speed, speaking other languages, etc.

2) Find great references: Your bestie may be your brunch buddy and shopping partner, but they may not be the best job reference. You want to list people who are able to speak about your character or your work ethic. If you've never had a job before, consider teachers, ministers, or school officials who may be able to eloquently outline character traits and things you're good at. Make sure you ask permission before listing anyone on your resume and giving out their contact information.

3) Don't fall for scams: Don't ever go on a job interview without telling someone else where you are going. Don't go to any jobs that lack a real description, or appear to be vague. Don't ever sign anything you've not read thoroughly, and show your parents any paperwork that is given to you before signing it. Jobs that say things like "modeling gigs" or "nannying" (especially on Craigslist with anonymous numbers listed) can be scams, so make sure you check out any websites, associated phone numbers, etc, before you go to an interview. 

4) Network where you are at: Asking around your local church, school, or places of business are all great ideas. If you're wanting a job in a specific field (such as a dentist office or a clothing boutique), it can be beneficial to find someone who has worked for a long time in the industry and ask them if they might have leads for you. Local connections are also ideal because they are face to face and help you avoid falling into any scam ads or things that look "too good to be true". You can even keep copies of your resume in your car if anyone wants to see it.

5) If you cannot find a regular summer job, get creative: If you have a special skill, think of ways to use it to earn money. Some examples would be: tutoring family or friends in reading or math skills, teaching singing or violin lessons if you play an instrument or sing, writing for a local newspaper if you have strong writing skills, teaching art or craft classes for young children.  You may be able to find enough side jobs to earn a little extra money. Doing side jobs is also a great way to keep a more flexible schedule in the summer. 



Your Friends are Heading off to College...Now What?

While college is a pretty natural choice for many seniors, there are several for whom another path is where their life is taking them...and you may be one of those. It can be surprising to the ones around you, but you're not alone. Many seniors choose to forego college to many other exemplary options, such as joining the military, starting an awesome new job, or going to community college. Although it can be lonely and unconventional, these are really worthwhile options, and you should never feel ashamed for choosing a different journey. Here are a few ideas on how to handle this time when your friends are getting ready to head off to their universities:

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-Support them: It might feel awkward, and even lonely if you are the only one who has chosen to not go "away" to college. But your friends (your true ones) will love and support you, no matter what you have decided, and it's up to you to do the same for them. Attend their graduation parties, say your goodbyes, and help them get started on their big move with an awesome attitude. Your friends will always remember that you stood by them and truly celebrated their accomplishments.

-Find the positives: Maybe going away to college was what you hoped for, and it didn't work out, whether it was too expensive or you didn't get into your dream school. This can feel completely crushing, and can feel like your world is crashing down around you. Instead of wallowing in the hardships, find the positives to focus on, when you can. Here are a few: less student debt if you choose a less expensive school, the ability to live at home or work part time (thus offsetting alot of student loans), and time with loved ones in your hometown or close by. 

-Search for ways to enhance your college years: Even without college or at a community college, you don't need to miss out on the traditional college experience. Look for ways to join clubs, choirs or even sororities wherever you are at, and figure out creative ways to make new friends. If you are joining the workforce right away, seek out opportunities to meet up with co-workers for meals or fun activities, and remember to have some fun! 

-Don't apologize: Even if staying close to home, or joining the military wasn't your first choice, you don't need to explain or validate your choices to the people around you. You don't need to justify your choices, even if they were hard ones. Stand strong in your decision, and be proud of your hard work. You graduated high school, after all, and that's nothing to scoff at. No matter what you do next, be sure to own it. You're an adult now, and you can be proud of the choices you've made if you are confident they are the right ones.



Kayla- Teen Photography in Houston, Texas

Ohhh, those teen years. I honestly don't know if given the chance, that I'd want to return to junior high. It can be so hard to maintain your own values, make and keep friends, and of course, focus on your schoolwork...all while dealing with peer pressure and a busier schedule than I remember having at that young age. But while there are many challenges of being a teen, I've found that I also love meeting and photographing junior highers and teens, because they remind me how there are so many amazing young people in the world. Sure, there are teens in the news for all sorts of horrible things, but the overwhelming sense I get as a senior and teen photographer is that they are bright, funny, kind, and lovely. They have big dreams and even bigger hearts. Kayla is one of those amazing 8th graders who I was lucky enough to photograph. She attends Briscoe Junior High School, and loves playing school sports and participating in gymnastics. 

"Honest, kind, and calm-natured" were the words Kayla used to describe herself, and I would agree. She cares deeply for her friends, and spending time with them is her ideal afternoon. "In twenty years, I hope my friends and family can look back and remember me as someone who was very positive", says Kayla. After she finished junior high and high school, she would love to become a veterinarian someday. For this teen session, she wanted photos that conveyed a "country" feel, and we found a wooded area, and a pretty field that captured that for her. She wore pretty tones of brown and blues, and it all worked together perfectly. 

Kayla, you are a delightful young woman, and I can't wait to see how your next few years unfold!

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